Nigeria’s Unity Bank Partners SkyVision On Branch Connectivity
Nigeria’s Unity Bank has partnered with global communications provider, SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. for its satellite-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to connect the bank’s headquarters in Lagos to its numerous branch offices nationwide.
“As one of the nation’s leading banks and a contributor to Nigeria’s GDP, we needed a viable communications solution we could depend on,” Zubair said Atiku, Head IT of Unity Bank.
According to Atiku, the bank’s decision to choose SkyVision was due to the communications provider’s outstanding market reputation, “specifically in the finance industry and their ability to deliver exactly what we needed.”
The SkyVision VPN solution connects Unity Bank’s core applications – including peripheral applications – to its headquarters, enabling continuous, seamless business operations in its rural area branches. Fully deployed and managed by SkyVision, SkyVision VPN enabled Unity Bank to connect their LAN sites with no investment in additional infrastructure. The superior technology behind SkyVision VPN offers increased flexibility and enables complete management control.
“Partnering with Unity Bank is part of our continued commitment to the African financial market and to Nigeria
in particular, where we have a strong and active local presence,” said Dror Limor, SkyVision VP Sales & Marketing.
Limor said the company, which is highly experienced in providing the African banking industry with reliable network solutions suited to their unique requirements, intends to further expand its finance and micro-finance penetration within Nigeria and across Africa.
It recently went into partnerships with prominent financial institutes across Africa – including UnaCoopec, Bank of Africa among others.
For over a decade, SkyVision has focused efforts to becoming the corporate communications ‘solution of choice’ in Nigeria, through its establishment of local hubs, PoPs and local presence to deliver quality communications and a high level of service to customers nationwide. This apparently made it the partner of choice for Unity Bank as it provided its satellite-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) services via its local Nigerian hub to support Unity Bank’s LAN network, with the bank not having to investment in additional infrastructure.
With 236 branch offices throughout Nigeria and additional branches planned for the future, Unity Bank required a robust, reliable and highly secure communications solution.